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Old 10-11-2015, 11:05 AM   #1
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My Forester 2701DS Mods with photos

Thought I would post my modifications and give my fellow Rvers some possible ideas for theirs.
First one was to add a pin closet light switch to our other wardrobe closet. In our model, the one next to the vanity sink has one but the one next to it that can double as a pantry does not.
Second, the bathroom (toilet/shower) has no place to lay anything down like a cellphone or magazine. So I went online and bought an iPad/cellphone holder like the wall netting one already in place above our dinette. This doesn't get in the way.
Third, again no place for anything like TP and stuff in the bathroom . So I bought some cherry and made a shelf with a lip that I will double stick tape above the toilet and the additional towel rack I installed. It's not finished yet as I am working on a compatible stain.
Fourth, the DW liked the lighting we had in our Winnebago Minnie where she could independently turn on or off each of the two lights above the dinette or couch. The 2 Led light there now are sometimes too bright. I bought a double switch from CW and replaced the single switch above the dinette for now. Will do the one over the couch soon.
That's it for now. Always open to suggestions or comments.
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Old 10-11-2015, 11:54 AM   #2
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Nice work! How did you change the wiring on the LED lights over the dinette? I haven't taken the switch out on mine...too lazy...so I didn't know if there was one power line coming in and two lines going out from the switch.

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Old 10-11-2015, 01:58 PM   #3
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More mods to come

Because of the smaller propane tank than we had in our Winnebago 18 Gallon vs 12 gallon (actually 14 vs 9), we need to conserve it when possible since we mostly dry camp and propane isn't always easily available. I have decided to use the microwave and generator when possible to heat up the water for coffee and cooking things like veggie sausages for breakfast. Takes 20 minutes to boil water for coffee and 3 minutes to microwave. Also, I will be heating up the water heater electrically at home before leaving and every time I start the generator. Then just turn on the water heater propane mode as needed. But the mod big saver is changing the water heater thermostat over to the Atwood adjustable water heater thermostat. The HOT water temperature is 155 degrees and with the adjustable thermostat it can go down to 117 degrees. We had the adjustable thermostat in our Winnebago and never had a problem with hot water even if we took showers back to back. This will use much less propane by not heating the water an additional 40 degrees. We need to save the propane for the furnace on cold nights.
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Old 10-12-2015, 06:40 PM   #4
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Mods I did today! Solar quick connect and bathroom shelf

First was to makeup and install a connector for my Renogy Solar 100watt suitcase. It came with Anderson quick connects and I purchased a few more to make up a new wire harness with a fuse holder. I connected it to the house batteries and ran the wire down and thru the battery compartment vent hole and over to just in front of the rear wheel well. Easily mounted with dust cover. Now I can quickly attach my solar panel cable directly to the batteries without opening the step cover or door as shown in the first photo. Second and third photos show finish mounting of quick connector.
Next project was to finish up the staining, varathane coat and mounting of the bathroom overhead shelf. Fourth and fifth photos show bathroom before and after shelf mounted.
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Old 10-13-2015, 12:51 PM   #5
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The shelf looks good. I put in a pole shelf in that corner and the towel bar on the opposite wall instead. http://www.amazon.com/Zenna-2133NS-T.../dp/B00AB2HVRC

You know you're wasting money on that specialty TP. Costco's Kirkland brand dissolves as good or better; and there are others.
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Old 10-13-2015, 03:07 PM   #6
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You can add an extended stay kit for propane. I did that with my SunSeeker. Works perfect. With 305 watts solar on roof, don't need to winterize between trips in the winter. Just on heat at 45 degrees, good for 28 days in NJ winter.
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Old 10-13-2015, 03:29 PM   #7
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A32Deuce, can you take a photo of your extend-a-stay propane setup. Did you move the regulator back outside of the cover?
I would use my extra 5 gallon portable tank for both the BBQ and extend-a-stay while at a campsite. I 'm concerned about the propane consumption on longer 5+ day trips in the winter where the furnace comes into play. So this would give me a cushion.
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It is a kit you can buy. Camping world has it. I got mine from on-line. Not near RV for pic. It goes in-between on/off valve and regulator. After you make the connection, mix /take some liquid soap and brush over connections. No bubbles, good to go. I use a 20 lb. bottle. Keep the tank in RV full, use the bottle. When its empty, disconnect and refill. While you are doing that , you use the RV tank for a short time. Works great!
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I used this set-up at a camp-ground that was too tight to be moving the rv around. Hot water, Fridge and heat for a week.
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Old 10-13-2015, 07:00 PM   #10
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A32Deuce, I know I have seen it at CW but wondered about space between the valve and regulator. Looked like the regulator cover attached to the bracket wouldn't work. That's why I asked for photos.
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